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Things to do with kids in Iceland
Written by Arundhati Toshniwal on September 6, 2021 Share on

10 Things to Do with Kids in Iceland – Other Worldly Experience!

Iceland is a mysterious and beautiful land to explore with your family. The land of fire and ice is where strange and desolate landscapes are very common, and people across the globe visit and explore. Also, not only for adults, it is a natural playground for kids to enjoy activities like whale watching, hiking, camping, swimming, and so on! So, for your majestic Iceland trip with your children, here are the 10 things to do with kids in Iceland.

10 things to do with kids in Iceland

  1. Camping under the midnight sun
  2. Swimming in a geothermal pool – relaxation!
  3. Experience whale watching
  4. See the Northern Lights with your naked eyes
  5. Have a fast and furious experience on a dog sledge.
  6. Walk into a glacier – Icy tunnel
  7. Explore Reykjavik’s kid-friendly museums
  8. Watch boiling water shoot out of a geyser
  9. Go Hiking – a bit of adventure
  10. Check out the black beach
 

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1. Camping under the midnight sun

If you are visiting in the warmer summer months, you can have one of the great experiences in Iceland, which is experiencing the midnight sun with your child! It is an exciting phenomenon in which the sun does not fully dip below the horizon, meaning lots of daylight hours to fill. You can hire a campervan or bring your tent and have camping. It might be difficult, especially for children to sleep, so take sleep masks or cover your tent with a blanket or towel to block out the light.

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2. Swimming in a geothermal pool – relaxation!

Iceland is famous for its geothermal pools as the water contains a good amount of minerals that nourish the skin and relaxes you. Blue Lagoon and Secret Lagoon are top tourist spots for a dip in a geothermal pool although you can even go for local swimming pools found in most towns across the country. One of those is Borgarnes Swimming Pool, just a couple of hours north of Reykjavik.

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3. Experience whale watching

Whale watching in Iceland is very popular, and every tourist has it on their itineraries and especially kids will enjoy this mind-blowing experience the most. The best time of year to see whales in Iceland is around April to September, mainly June, July and August. The tours are available to all ages of people, and kids under 6 are often free.

Also read – 10 Best Lakes In Iceland: Marvel At Beauty & Mythology!

4. See the Northern Lights with your naked eyes

Many people visit Iceland to witness the spectacular Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights, but only a lucky few get to watch it with naked eyes! We suggest not to drive out into the wilderness late at night with kids; the better option will stay at an accommodation in isolated areas away from light pollution, with large windows and a Northern Lights wake-up call. If the view is worth watching, then wake your kids up and if not, then better luck next time!

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5. Have a fast and furious experience on a dog sledge

Kids would surely enjoy this cute little experience with super cute dogs. Kids aged over 7 can have their own sledges, whereas kids aged below can sit with their parents and enjoy the ride. This activity is done in the winter months when there is snow, whereas in summer you can go for dog scootering. Cute big huskies, snow and wonderful view; what do you need more?

Also read – Iceland in June – A Pocket Guide to a Splendid Iceland Vacation

6. Walk into a glacier – Icy tunnel

Yes, you read it right! You can walk into a glacier with your kids! One of the man-made tunnels carved into Iceland’s second-largest glacier is Langjökull. You can have a tour which will persist you to move, from one man-made chamber to the other, each having its uniqueness, theme and lighting effects. Kids can even lick the walls if it is allowed (hahaha!), but still don’t let them do it!

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7. Explore Reykjavik’s kid-friendly museums

If you are visiting Iceland, then you have to visit this beautiful capital city, Reykjavik! This fantastic place has a lot to offer to you with its kid-friendly museums, including Saga Museum, Maritime Museum, children’s concert at Harpa Concert Hall, and so on! Enjoy the tour at the museum and have some famous hotdogs and some delicious waffles.

Also read – 10 Best Museums In Iceland: Travel Through Time!

8. Watch boiling water shoot out of a geyser

Geysers are the highlights of Iceland. Iceland is a place with both lava and ice, hence called the land of fire and ice! It is a very exciting experience to witness when a geyser blows in every 6-10 minutes, also sometimes up to 40 metres high. Be very precautious with your kids because of the water temperature. There are around 20–29 active geysers in Iceland, and some of those are The Great Geysir, Strokkur, Gamla Laugin, Litli Geysir, and so on.

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9. Go Hiking – a bit of adventure

Hiking is the best way to explore the true face of this mysterious land, and another benefit is that it is free. You only have to park your car and then follow the footpaths. And yes, don’t forget the snacks, water and make sure your kids are wearing good quality walking boots. Some of the famous hiking trails are Fimmvörduháls trek, Kjölur Trek, Glymur Waterfall hike, Brennisteinsalda-Bláhnúkur loop and more.

Also read – 15 Adventurous Things To Do In Iceland: Adventure Seeker’s Paradise!

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10. Check out the black beach

Icelandic beaches are not the ones with sunbeds or are a swimwear destination, yet these dramatic beaches are fascinating to explore. Here, many beaches are black due to the volcanic rocks. You can find a perfectly smooth pebbled beach like Djúpalónssandur or normal sand beaches like Diamond Beach with shimmering shards of ice, or you can also head to Rauðisandur Beach if you are looking for an endless golden beach.

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Wasn’t all this fun to read? Imagine experiencing it with your kids in Iceland! Eat famous hot dogs and take a ride to the astounding cities like Reykjavik, Hafnarfjörður, Akureyri, Seyðisfjörður, and more in Iceland. What are you waiting for? Check out Pickyourtrail for amazing deals in Iceland tour packages from India, or if you want, you can customise your itinerary on your own; yes, you read it right! Travel and explore!

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